Another great year for some

/ Source: Forbes

For a handful of the superrich, it was a very good year.

With a little luck the Dow Jones Industrial Average will eke out a modest 3 percent gain for the year. For these Forbes 400 members, 2004 brought better tidings and joy. A frothy initial-public-offering market, a resurgent technology sector and an ongoing love affair with gambling helped send the fortunes of these notables flying.